Project abstract for group gantts

Genome and Transcriptome of the Wood-Rotting Fungi Trametes cingulata

The production of large amounts of biofuel from plants depends on our ability to produce simple sugars from the lignocellulose material that composes the bulk of plant biomass. The enzymatic digestibility of cellulose, a polymer of the sugar glucose, increases as lignin levels are reduced in the lignocellulose material. The white-rot fungus Trametes cingulata oxidizes lignin as part of it wood-degrading lifestyle. This research group has partially characterized this enzymatic activity and has identified candidate proteins encoded in and expressed by the T. cingulata genome. This genome transcriptome sequence data will facilitate future studies on the evolution, physiology, biochemistry, and ecology of T. cingulata, in particular, and white-rot fungi in general. Use of the technologies available through MSI helps the researchers to further their analyses of the genome and transcriptome sequence data and advance their understanding of T. cingulata protein function.

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